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Music CompositionMajor

Society's increased interest in the arts is creating many new opportunities for professional composers and teachers. This program will prepare you to be a composer in both acoustic and electronic styles.


What is Music Composition at WVU like?


The Bachelor of Music in Composition is designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as composers in both acoustic and electronic styles. Society's increased interest in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional composer and teacher.

A Composition major should enter as a freshman having achieved proficiency level four on the major instrument, and must complete proficiency level eight on that instrument before graduation. If piano is not the major instrument, the student must achieve a level four on piano.

At least a B average in the required freshman and sophomore theory courses or the consent of the coordinator of theory/composition is required for continuation in this curriculum. Composition majors must present two solo performances on the major instrument in upper-level recitals before graduation.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Music for acceptance.

Music Composition program highlights:

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Fast Facts

What makes Music Composition at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • The Evansdale Library is just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center and houses printed and sound music resources.
  • Creative Arts Center facilities include rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms and electronic music laboratory.
  • Courses include private lessons in composition and on your major instrument.
  • Wide variety of performance opportunities offered in large ensembles (band, orchestra, choral, jazz and opera) and smaller chamber ensembles (string, brass, woodwind, percussion, vocal, jazz and world music).

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Our graduates often serve as freelance composers/arrangers for various musical groups and organizations. Most further their education by pursuing a graduate degree in music composition.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Music Composition major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Music Composition at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Cost and Aid

How much does Music Composition at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Music Composition at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Music Composition major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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